A month has passed since that terrible day.
On that night, I woke up without a reason. And in a few minutes I heard the roar of flying planes and the howl of an air raid siren.
Today, it was the first night in Kyiv since that day, when we had only 1 air raid. I was really surprised with that, even opened news to check ... but no, it's not over. Peace has not come. But I know it will come. We will conquer our freedom and the right to life, again. For a good, peaceful life.
Yesterday, when the smoke almost cleared, I went out to the tiny square park located next to my place. I just walked along the paths, sat on a bench, rocked on a swing. Talked to my colleague, and she briefly told me her story of leaving her home and left all her life behind just on her birthday, when russian troops start shelling their small city of Bucha. It all took about 15 or 20 minutes, but seems so long. It was my first #WednesdayWalk over ... ages.
I received the first transfer of 650 HIVE from @hivebuzz-ua team. This is a receipt from NFT badges introduced 2 days ago bought by our Hivians! YOU ARE AMAZING PEOPLE! It is really a great honor for me, and a great responsibility.
Today I spoke with a volunteer who works in Kyiv and the suburbs. She said that the income from donations has decreased, so these funds are very helpful. Another exciting news - her cousin is volunteering in Kharkiv, preparing and distributing food to those who need it there. I am also waiting for the reply from a volunteer who delivered baby food to the Chernihiv region. I will publish a report on the use of these funds.
- Nick has sent me flowers this morning. Aww, this is so sweet 💖
Smoke is in the air again. I got up early and went to Auchan for food. They changed their work hours from 10 - 15 to 9 - 16. It turns out that now people are not allowed to stay in supermarket during an air raid. They should hide if possible. This rule applies to all cities. Many Ukrainians are boycotting the Auchan and Metro networks. Unfortunately, there are not many supermarkets left in Kyiv with sufficient availability and assortment of food. Oh, and they have no place to hide for customer so they have to go outside. I do not see any point in this, except that the supermarket disclaims responsibility.
For a week now, there are a lot of posts in my news feed about the search for the missing. People are searching their relatives, children, it's just heartbreaking. And very reminiscent of the postwar period after the WW II. How could the descendants of people who survived that terrible war do the same again with those who fought with them on the same side? it blows my mind...
My neighbor, whose father is in the hospital, asked me to donate blood. I will go there tomorrow morning. This will be my first time and I really hope that I can be a donor.
It started raining. The first rain this year. The sound of raindrops is masking the sounds of war and even an air raid, a little. I hope there will be less smoke in the air after the rain.
- I can’t decide if I should save or vice versa? I balance all the time. Well, you know. You save beautiful clothes, expensive dishes, some delicacies or whatever for a special occasion. And then I catch myself thinking - what if I don't live to see this special occasion? Who am I saving this for? On the other hand, who knows what I'll be left with after the war? This is how I live, in hesitations.
It is a weird day. After the last air raid clear at 00:30, we had a quiet night, until 6:40. But since that, air raids keeps repeating with a break for maybe 30 minutes. The last one lasts almost 4 hours. I'm staying at home, but I have time to work.
Today @hivebuzz-ua has collected 695 HIVE!!! I contacted another volunteer, amazing guy and a lead of a group of 18 people who are helping with medicine purchase and delivery. I will make a separate post with the report tomorrow.
My today's blood donation failed. 😕 And this is my fault. I had a terrible cough yesterday in the evening. Probably, it's because of a smoke and bad air. In addition to fighting in the north of Kyiv, the invaders got into the oil depot in the south, so the authorities recommended everyone to close the windows and not go out. But I went out to see a rehab specialist. Anyway, I hadn't medicine to stop the cough. Hot tea didn't help me either, but I recalled about old recipe - a warm milk with honey. And it did help, and I could sleep. But... In the morning, I realized that milk is forbidden to drink 24 hours before. So... I have another day on on a carb diet, as I have no lean boiled meat or fish. Hoping to get there tomorrow.
Nick didn't call all day, so I called myself. We have strange conversations with him. We want to share a lot with each other. But we're not sure what can be said on the phone, so our conversation sounds strange. He said that he dreams of spending at least one night at home in bed. Meanwhile, air raid all clear, I'm going to take the opportunity and sleep in bed. 😴
First of all, I want to share what did we purchased for Nick's Territory Defense Unit. This is where I spent crypto that you donated directly to me plus payouts from my posts.
Army unloading - 6, uniform - 2, T-shirts - 18, tactical gloves - 4, backpack -1. Next week we need to find shoes for the guys. It was -11 a month ago, but today we had +15.
- I finally became a donor! It was a new experience for me, and I was a bit worried. My neighbor took me there and back, so I didn't have to walk with a heavy backpack on my back. Yes, my alarming backpack is heavy and I always carry it with me. But, today I finally put on my casual cloth, for the first time. Before that I dressed like a stalker. So. Here's what it looks like. They measured my blood pressure. Then gave me a questionnaire to fill out. Then they took capillary blood sample from my finger. I have been afraid of needles since childhood, but this time I was good. Then, in the cafeteria, I drank (very) sweet tea with cookies (I don't like sweet tea, but it's a necessary part of the process). Finally, I went to the large blood sampling room.
Did you know that one dose of 450 ml saves 3 lives? I did not know.
It seemed to me that the procedure took less than 10 minutes for 450 ml. I didn't have time to get scared.. I expected dizziness or nausea. But I didn't feel anything. I did good! Anyway, today I'm staying at home. Finally, I can eat whatever I want!
- There is a storm wind today. Everything that is poorly fixed in our old house is pounding and rattling. In addition to the already familiar sounds of shelling. Tomorrow is another day...